Recently I’ve been watching the RID2015 cartoon and taken quite a fancy to the Decepticon designs, but having been able to have a look at a friend’s Steeljaw, I was not terribly taken with it, essentially, wishing that he was a bit more complex to make the robot mode look a bit better.
Eventually, TAV Scorponok took my eye and seeing some pictures of him online, my curiosity increased, I really liked his monster style robot mode. Eventually after gaining information that informed me he wasn’t a complete mess of a toy, I tracked one down and bought it.
I was underwhelmed I put the TAV line into the basket along with TF4 toys; Toys to Avoid.
A friend really wanted TAV Windblade. As did I, the show design I rather liked, but I KNEW that with the simplified toys, it would be bad. However this opportunity proved a nice testing ground. I bought my friend his Windlblade, who was a bit hard to find at the time and got permission to open and play with it.
She turned out OK. Not amazing, but not terrible. I got one for me.
Then there’s the case of Bisk. This character I wanted since the start of RID2015/TAV because he has a great name and character design. A crustacean robot mode and a name of Bisk.
In the meantime, Scorponok had been slowly growing on me, but I still had low impressions of the line as a whole. Nothing had wowed me like many of the toys in the TR line. I found Bisk and I hesitantly bought him thinking at the very best he’ll be a weird novelty character and not a good toy.
I was wrong, I actually really like Bisk as not only a novelty character, but as a cool toy as well.
It was an interesting exercise for me, since had I bought Bisk first off, I’d have a much better opinion of the line as a whole. I guess it’s very unfair to judge a whole line on one figure.
I kind of thought this as well with the Japanese Legends toys as well, more specifically the new Headmaster toys. I knew Galvatron was flawed, so I bought him with low expectations. Skull was my first one toy really enjoy and I was surprised. Expectations were high. I then found myself a bit disappointed with Scourge though. Had Scourge been my first toy of the line I might have not bought as many Legends Headmasters.
So the lesson is this. Don’t judge a line solely on one toy, I guess every line has its bad toys.
Although I think that can kind of suck if you’re trying to avoid finding too much about about a toy and have to research it. For me, I like that first transformation and feeling to be something new, whether bad or good.
What about you guys? Have you ever dropped a line because your first toy of that line left a bad impression? I’d love to hear some stories!